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Communications Officer-00317

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
Closing date
Jul 30, 2021

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Working Title:

Communications Officer-00317

Role Title:

Emergency Coordinator I

Position Number:



Non Exempt

Pay Band:


Appointment Type:

Full Time

Type of Posting:

General Public

Is Sensitive Position?:


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This position is a sensitive position and requires that finalist applicants undergo a fingerprint-based criminal history check.

Designated Personnel:


Responsible Employee:

This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

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This position is a “designated position” meaning this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing.

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Departmental Objective:

The University Police Department’s mission is to patrol the University properties helping to assure safety and well being of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus by using the philosophy of community policing. The Department’s mission will be achieved through a proactive, community service approach to problem resolution and by offering crime prevention programs on safety, self-protection, substance abuse, sexual assault and protection of personal belongings. This mission will be the charge of every employee of this Department.

Purpose of the Position:

This position receives calls for police intelligence and service and accurately and timely disseminate to appropriate providers of service. It serves as the key link between the public and emergency personnel and facilitates the completion of services from police officers to the public in an accurate and timely manner.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) and/or Competencies required and preferred:


Ability to evaluate situations and make decisions independently that are consistent and reflect positively with the mission statement and the function of the Christopher Newport University Police Department

Ability to maintain an open approach to situations and an impartial view to consider the impact and/or potential outcome

Ability to deal effectively with the public and maintain a lack of bias

Knowledge of computers to include word processing

Ability to learn specialized software

Basic knowledge of general office practices to include the ability to type

Good organizational skills and excellent oral and written communication skills

Good interpersonal communication and public contact skills

Ability to answer phones and listen to/communicate on radio frequencies

Ability to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays

Ability to successfully complete training courses related to emergency response communication

Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification Required :

Education Required: High school diploma or equivalent Experience

Required: Experience with computers to include word processing

Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification Preferred :

Education Preferred: Certified as a Communication Officer through an accredited academy. Certified as a NCIC/VCIN operator through the Virginia State Police or an accredited academy

Experience Preferred: Previous experience in law enforcement/emergency response communication duties/dispatching.

Role Code:


Salary Range:

$32,600 - $39,100

Conditions of Employment:

This is a classified position. New and returning classified employees are required to complete a 12-month probationary period; This position includes Commonwealth of Virginia and CNU employee benefits; Selected candidate must attend 2-day New Employee Orientation Program.

Selected candidate must have the ability to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays;

Selected candidate must have the ability to successfully complete training courses related to emergency response communication.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.
CNU will only accept online applications through the website. Online applications must be received by midnight on the closing date indicated in a job announcement. Faxed, emailed, hand-delivered or mailed applications and attachments will NOT be accepted. Applicants are welcome to complete an online application by using computers located in the Office of Human Resources. Address: CNU North – 301 Hiden Boulevard, Suite 101, Newport News, VA 23606. Public computers are also available in nearby libraries and at the Virginia Employment Commission. Address: 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666 (M-F 9am-4:30pm).
Applicants who possess an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only), must attach these forms with their application, in order to receive credit.
Applicant finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check. After accepting employment, individuals are required to complete a USCIS Form I-9 (employment eligibility verification) and present documentation from the USCIS List of Acceptable Documents that establishes both their identity and employment authorization to work in the United States. The provided documents will be verified through the Department of Homeland Security E-Verify website.
CNU, an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), is fully committed to access and opportunity.

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Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity. Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:

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